Fears for missing golfer

POLICE have been left puzzled by the month-long disappearance of a man from Colchester who has Suffolk links.

James Hore

POLICE have been left puzzled by the month-long disappearance of a man from Colchester and are appealing for help from friends living in both Essex and Suffolk.

Simon Shotton was reported missing by his neighbours shortly after 8pm on Monday August 3.

The 26-year-old unemployed man from Ballantyne Drive is an avid golfer, but has not been seen on any local courses by friends or club officials.

Officers have been in regular contact with Simon's parents who are also concerned for his welfare. They have not heard from him since May.

Investigating Officer, Sgt Gary Chapman, said: “Simon's disappearance is totally uncharacteristic and is causing us great concern. “We have spoken to his parents and a few friends, but they have not heard or seen him in quite a while.

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“We do know that he has many friends in Colchester, but also a few in Lowestoft.

“Unfortunately, we don't have any details of these people. We, like his parents, just want to know that he is safe and not in any danger.”

Simon's mother Susan Shotton, 62, said: “We've been in constant communication with the police and they have been updating us with significant developments.

“We just want to know that no harm has come to our son. He is a normal person who is not involved in any criminality. We would really urge his friends to contact us or the police so that our minds can rest easy.”

Police have tried contacting Simon on his mobile telephone and via email, but without any response.

Mr Shotton is white, approximately 6'3” tall, of medium build and has dark-brown short hair with grey flecks. He does not own a vehicle.

Anyone with information in connection with Mr Shotton's disappearance is urged to contact investigating officers at Colchester police station on 0300 333 4444.

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